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August Newsletter-Slowing Down

We are starting to see a few signs of slowing in our markets as the supply has increased from the prior month, although it be slight and volume has decreased. The frenzied markets have let off the gas pedal a bit, but have not yet put on the...
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July Newsletter – Are prices falling?

On Sunday night we saw a bright fireball falling from the sky. It was a meteor and many others in North Texas witnessed it fall and then explode when reaching the earth's atmosphere. It was unexpected and beautiful. As a skywatcher, I was happy to have observed it....
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Taking Some Time Off

Do you need some time off? This past year has been a time like none other. As we dealt with all of the unknowns, worries, and concerns of the pandemic, appraisers were busy. Busier than ever. The recent article from Freddie Mac reporting on appraiser...
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June Newsletter-Summer is Here

Is the housing market starting to cool? Typically in the summer months, sale volume peaks around June- July. Current market data is yet to show a slowing in the price appreciation or volume. The numbers below are for May. Next month's newsletter will have the numbers...
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How do appraisers adjust for time in rapidly increasing markets?

If you are like me, you are probably tired of hearing the word “unprecedented”. How many times have we said it or read it this past year? What is another word we can use? Remarkable? Extraordinary? Phenomenal? However we describe it, we are currently experiencing rapidly appreciating real estate...
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What to Wear?

No this hasn’t suddenly become a fashion blog. This is really for my fellow female appraisers. My apologies guys, some of this might apply to you, but I am really speaking to the gals. The question as to how to dress as an appraiser comes up often so I...
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15 Years of Appraising

This month marks my 15th year of real estate appraising. I clearly remember how nervous I was to quit my teaching job and a steady paycheck to join my husband in his business. ...
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Thawing Out- February/March Newsletter

We have been publishing this monthly newsletter since 2016. We apologize as we did not get last month’s newsletter out as we were hit with unexpected challenges related to the Texas Winter Storm that impacted our entire state as well as other parts of the US. We, like many,...
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January Newsletter – 2020 Recap

Now that 2020 is in our rearview mirror, we can take a look back and review it. I think we can all agree that this time last year, we had no idea what we were in for. We couldn’t have predicted a pandemic that would disrupt everything in our...
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December Newsletter- Goodbye 2020

Goodbye, 2020! I think that we can all agree that this year has been unlike any that we have experienced and no one saw it coming. As real estate appraisers, we analyze markets, and this year has proved the difficulty of predicting what markets will do....
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Being Grateful – November Newsletter

One of the more surprising things of 2020 has been strong activity in the housing markets. We have seen the highest sales prices within the past three months in Denton, Collin, Dallas & Tarrant counties....
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September Newsletter- Inventory Falling with the Leaves

Photo by Irina Iriser from Pexels The weather is just slightly starting to cool here in North Texas. It is officially the season of fall and the leaves have started to change, ever so slightly. Soon we will be pulling out our sweaters and jackets! Even though I have lived in Texas...
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Summer Heat Amid a Pandemic-July Newsletter

We are now into the very hot months of summer in North Texas with average temperatures of 96 degrees (not factoring in heat indexes in the triple digits). The housing market has been on a pandemic pause but last month has moved upward. As this pandemic is lasting longer...
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May Newsletter- Finding our Way in These Times

As Dickens penned, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of...
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April Newsletter-From a Distance

We pray you are all safe and well during this unprecedented time of dealing with the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Here in Texas, a disaster proclamation was ordered on March 13th. Then on March 19th Governor Greg Abbott issued more executive orders to mitigate the spread of the virus. This...
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March Newsletter- False Start, Pandemic

Normally, I would have a lovely picture of spring full of discussions of the spring market activity but, as we all know, there is nothing normal going on in our lives right now. We now use the new term “social distancing”, kids are distant learners from home, churches are...
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November Newsletter-Happy Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year when family and friends gather together for the season of Thanksgiving. All of us at the DW Slater Company want to take some time to let you know that we are very thankful for you! Our clients, subscribers, and friends! We are thankful that...
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September Newsletter-Fall, Lamenting & Markets

Fall is officially here!– But it sure doesn’t yet feel like it in North Texas. It is still so very hot. Today David was headed to his last appraisal appointment. He looked at his device to see the temperature outside felt like 106 degrees. Whew! We are well on...
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Labor Day Weekend & the Housing Market- August Newsletter

We hope that you have some great plans for labor day weekend. We have had a very busy month of August. We know that you work hard to provide good services or products in your businesses and we hope that you do get to enjoy a little time off...
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What is a Barndominium?

What is a barndominium? Basically, it is a style of home which is typically made of metal construction similar to barns. Sometimes they are attached to barns or workshops similar to the photo above or they could stand alone. These are unique homes and offer a certain...
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The Problems with the Price Per Square Foot Method

Do you know the price per square foot method for determining the value of a property? Do you use it? This is a topic that has been written and discussed much and for good reason. Real estate agents, buyers, seller’s, lenders, or investors all like an easy way to...
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